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Welcome to St. Mary's Primary School

My name is Ben Shields and I warmly welcome you to our St Mary’s Primary School website.

Our school is a co-educational Catholic School located in the regional Victorian township of Castlemaine with students attending from the surrounding areas. We have a current enrolment of 83 students from Foundation to Year 6.

St Mary’s has a culture of continuous improvement where the principles of shared decision making and team-work are alive. We are committed to working together to guide and support each of the students in our care to reach the highest levels of development academically, socially, emotionally and spiritually. This is achieved by building a safe, inclusive and secure learning environment where opportunities are aplenty and diversity thrives.

As Principal of St Mary’s, I am immensely proud of our community, our learning and teaching as well as our continual drive to offer the best educative experience as possible. I believe that it is a combination of the people in our community; parents, friends and staff that make a significant difference in the educational outcomes of our students.

Students, staff, parents and community members are encouraged to participate in all aspects of school life and in the decisions of the school. Parents are valued as true partners in the education of their children, contributing their initiative, energy, time and expertise to the school.

St Mary’s is a wonderful school and I invite you to explore our website. I welcome the opportunity to provide more information about our school and facilities. Please feel free to visit our school for enrolment information and/or ring the school office to make an appointment to meet me.

Kind regards,

Ben Shields


Mr. Ben Shields
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